Kennedy Center Plans Electra, Guerre and Faust for 1999-2000

News   Kennedy Center Plans Electra, Guerre and Faust for 1999-2000
 
Randy Newman's musical Faust, the new Alain Boubil and Claude Michel Schonberg tuner Martin Guerre, A Moon for the Misbegotten starring Cherry Jones and Frank McGuiness' adaptation of Sophocles' Electra, currently on Broadway, will be on the roster for the Kennedy Center during the 1999-2000 season.

Randy Newman's musical Faust, the new Alain Boubil and Claude Michel Schonberg tuner Martin Guerre, A Moon for the Misbegotten starring Cherry Jones and Frank McGuiness' adaptation of Sophocles' Electra, currently on Broadway, will be on the roster for the Kennedy Center during the 1999-2000 season.

November will see a new production of O'Neill's A Moon for Misbegotten starring Cherry Jones and directed by Gerald Gutierrez. The revival, earlier promised for Broadway in late 1999, will head to New York in mid-December. Elliot Martin, producer of the Broadway production, told Playbill On-Line (March 18) that the Kennedy Center run would be Nov. 1-Dec. 5. Jones is currently starring Off-Broadway in Tongue of a Bird.

The long-in-development British musical Martin Guerre will reach the Kennedy Center in December, after making its American debut at Minneapolis' Guthrie Theatre on Sept. 28. A Broadway bow is anticipated for March 2000.

Newman's Faust has seen several incarnations at such venues as La Jolla Playhouse, in 1995, and the Goodman Theatre, in 1996. Michael Greif directed both productions. The Kennedy mounting, set for February, will be entirely new and no talent is yet attached to it.

Electra will come to the Washington, D.C., institution in April 2000. Zoe Wanamaker is expected to repeat her Broadway triumph in the title role. David Leveaux will restage the work. Conspicuously absent from the schedule was Stephen Sondheim's new musical Wise Guys, which the Kennedy Center commissioned years ago and was last heard to be headed for Broadway in the fall of 1999. Kennedy Center president Lawrence J. Wilker told the Washington Post the musical would be workshopped at the center in September and eventually land on one of its stages.

Other productions scheduled for the center include:
*Art, in April 2000, possibly starring Judd Hirsch.
*The Whiteheaded Boy, a comedy by Irish playwright Lennox Robinson, in October.
*Milestones, by Mandla Langa and Hugh Masakela, in October.

*Lady Windermere's Fan, in a production by Ireland's Gate Theatre, in June, 2000.

No specific dates have been attached to any of the projects.

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